Archive for April 1st, 2013

Smoking linked to psychiatric illness

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Experts have said that smoking could be a sign of psychiatric illness.

They added that doctors should routinely consider referring people, who smoke to mental health services, in case they need treatment, the Independent reported.

The controversial recommendation from the charity British Lung Foundation has come in response to a major report, Smoking and Mental Health, published this week by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Psychiatrists with the Faculty of Public Health.

The report said that almost one in three cigarettes smoked in Britain now is smoked by someone who is suffering from a mental disorder.

The reason the report gave is that smoking rates have more than halved over the past 50 years, but the decline has not happened equally in all parts of society.

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5 myths about stress busted

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Stress is apparently everywhere and we dealt with it at almost area of life, but too much of it can be hazardous to our health, according to experts.

Life coaches talk about working toward emotional fitness, as if we can perform Pilates on our psyches. But some ideas about stress and its risks are not correct, the Washington Post reported.

Dana Becker, a professor of social work at Bryn Mawr College and the author of “One Nation Under Stress: The Trouble With Stress as an Idea”, has busted some of the myths about stress.

First myth is that getting enough sleep, exercising and eating right can reduce stress. But the fact is that though taking care of ourselves can help us feel good, but it won’t come close to mitigating stress.

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Canola oil can reduce abdominal fat

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Canola oil and high-oleic canola oils can lower abdominal fat when used in place of other selected oil blends, a new study suggest.

The researchers also found that consuming certain vegetable oils may be a simple way of reducing the risk of metabolic syndrome, which affects about one in three US adults and one in five Canadian adults.

“The monounsaturated fats in these vegetable oils appear to reduce abdominal fat, which in turn may decrease metabolic syndrome risk factors,” Penny Kris-Etherton, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, Penn State said.

In the randomized, controlled trial, 121 participants at risk for metabolic syndrome received a daily smoothie containing 40 grams (1.42 ounces) of one of five oils as part of a weight maintenance, heart-healthy, 2000-calorie per day diet.

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